Last Thursday I attended the AGM for the BC Criminal Justice Association. The BCCJA is group that encourages learning and dialogue about criminal justice issues in British Columbia. I am a member of their parent organization, the Canadian Criminal Justice Association. If you are a member of the CCJA then you automatically become a member of the provincial affiliate (if one exists in your province).
The AGM was held at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in New Westminister. Most of the BCCJA board was there, as well as a couple of guests like myself. Chris Thompson stepped down as president, having come to the end of his term. Tim Veresh was elected as the new president and Hank Mathias was elected vice-president.
A big topic of conversation at the AGM was the upcoming 34th Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice. This is a major project for both the BCCJA and the CCJA right now. This conference will be held in Vancouver from October 2 – 5. The theme this year is “21st Century Justice: The Economics of Public Safety”. A partial conference program is available here (1.5mb PDF file) and the early bird registration deadline is July 1st.
One other point that came up at the AGM. Tim Styles and Art Gordon publish the BCCJA newsletter, a quarterly collection of links to media articles about criminal justice issues. They have been doing this for years. Now they would like to pass it on to the next generation of volunteers. This newsletter gets read across Canada so it is a great opportunity for criminal justice students or anyone with passion for sharing this kind of information. Tim and Art ball-parked the time involved at eight to ten hours per newsletter. If you are interested, drop me a line and I can put you in touch with them.